2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2017 record 5–7 (2–7 Big Ten)
Head coach P. J. Fleck (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Robb Smith (1st season)
Home stadium TCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 50,805)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gophers were led by first-year head coach P.J. Fleck and played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota competed as a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 2–7 in Big Ten play to finish in sixth place in the West Division.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Gophers signed a total of 26 recruits.

Schedule[edit]

The Gophers' 2017 schedule consisted of 7 home games and 5 away games. Minnesota hosted two of its non-conference games; against Buffalo from the MAC and against Middle Tennessee from Conference USA; the Gophers played on the road against Oregon State from the Pac-12.

The Gophers played nine conference games; they hosted Maryland, Michigan State, Illinois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. They traveled to Purdue, Iowa, and Michigan, and Northwestern.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 p.m. Buffalo* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 17–7   43,224
September 9 9:00 p.m. at Oregon State* Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FS1 W 48–14   35,206
September 16 2:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 34–3   43,727
September 30 11:00 a.m. Maryland TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN FS1 L 24–31   43,511
October 7 2:30 p.m. at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 17–31   42,085
October 14 7:00 p.m. No. 21 Michigan State TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN L 27–30   47,541
October 21 2:30 p.m. Illinoisdagger TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–17   45,243
October 28 5:30 p.m. at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) FS1 L 10–17   66,292
November 4 6:30 p.m. at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) FOX L 10–33   111,090
November 11 11:00 a.m. Nebraska TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) FS1 W 54–21   39,933
November 18 11:00 a.m. at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN L 0–39   30,014
November 25 2:30 p.m. No. 5 Wisconsin TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ABC L 0–31   47,327
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 0 0 0 7
Golden Gophers 14 0 0 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2002 MINN, 41–17

at Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 10 10 14 14 48
Beavers 0 14 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2016 MINN, 30–23

Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 3 0 0 3
Golden Gophers 3 17 7 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 MINN, 35–24

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 10 0 14 31
Golden Gophers 0 10 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2016 MINN, 31–10

at Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 7 7 0 3 17
Boilermakers 6 0 7 18 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–32–3 2016 MINN, 44–31

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Spartans 10 7 6 7 30
Golden Gophers 6 0 0 21 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–29 2013 MSU, 14–3

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 7 0 0 10 17
Golden Gophers 7 0 3 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–29–3 2016 MINN, 40–17

at Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 10 10
Hawkeyes 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
62–46–2 2016 IOWA, 14–7

at Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 7 0 0 3 10
Wolverines 13 7 13 0 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–74–3 2015 MICH, 29–26

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 7 7 0 7 21
Golden Gophers 14 16 10 14 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–24–2 2016 NEB, 24–17

at Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 0 0
Wildcats 0 25 7 7 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
53–345 2016 MINN, 29–12

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 10 7 7 31
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–59–8 2016 WISC, 31–17

Roster[edit]

2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Rodney Smith Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 2 Isaiah Gentry-Madaris Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 3 Chris Autman-Bell Fr
WR 5 Melvin Holland Jr. Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 6 Tyler Johnson So
WR 8 Mark Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 9 Eric Carter Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 11 Demry Croft Redshirt.svg So
WR 12 Hunter Register Redshirt.svg So
QB 13 Tanner Morgan Fr
QB 14 Jaran Roste Fr
QB 15 Conor Rhoda Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 16 Ray Estes Fr
QB 17 Seth Green Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Clay Geary Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 19 Samuel Pickerign Fr
RB 22 Kobe McCrary Sr
RB 23 Shannon Brooks Jr
WR 24 Drew Hmielewski Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 25 Phillip Howard Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 28 Jonathan Femi-Cole Redshirt.svg So
RB 30 Mohamed Ibrahim Fr
RB 31 Domink London Fr
RB 32 Zachariah Knox Redshirt.svg So
RB 33 Mike Delich Fr
TE 40 Nathan Bursch Fr
TE 42 Ko Kieft Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 44 Colton Beebe Redshirt.svg So
TE 49 Jake Paulson Fr
OL 53 Vincent Magaña Jr
OL 55 Eric Rousemiller Fr
OL 58 Quinn Oseland Redshirt.svg So
OL 60 John Michael Schmitz Fr
OL 61 Bronson Dovich Redshirt.svg So
OL 62 Jared Weyler Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Conner Olson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Axel Ruschmeyer Fr
OL 70 Sam Schlueter Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Ben Davis So
OL 73 Donnell Greene Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Nick Connelly Redshirt.svg So
OL 75 Noah Kuehn Redshirt.svg So
OL 75 Kyle Sassack Fr
OL 76 Vincent Calhoun Sr
OL 77 Blaise Andries Fr
OL 78 Garrison Wright Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 80 Nate Wozniak Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 81 Brock Annexstad Fr
WR 82 Demetrius Douglas Fr
WR 83 Harry Van Dyne Fr
WR 84 Will Reger Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 85 Bryce Witham Redshirt.svg So
TE 86 Brandon Lingen Sr
WR 87 Reid Hilbelink Fr
WR 88 Rashad Still Jr
WR 89 Matt Morse Redshirt.svg So
TE 89 Nate Umlor Fr
TE 98 Clayton Witherspoon Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Jacob Huff Jr
DL 3 Jerry Gibson Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 4 Adekunle Ayinde Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 5 Trenton Guthrie Fr
DB 6 Chris Williamson Jr
DB 7 Ken Handy-Holly Fr
DB 8 Duke McGhee Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 11 Antoine Winfield So
LB 12 Cody Poock Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 13 Jonathan Celestin Sr
DB 14 Zo Craighton Redshirt.svg So
LB 15 Everett Williams Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 16 Coney Durr So
DL 19 Gary Moore Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 20 Julian Huff Jr
LB 21 Kamal Martin So
DB 22 Dorborwulu Cooper Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 23 Adam Beck Fr
DB 26 Justus Harris Fr
DB 27 Calvin Swenson Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 29 Jack Leius So
DB 26 Johnny Santaga Fr
DB 31 Kiondre Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 32 Brady Wieland Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 34 Antonio Shenault Jr
LB 35 Jaylen Waters Redshirt.svg So
LB 36 Blake Cashman Jr
DB 40 Alex Strazzanti Fr
LB 41 Thomas Barber So
LB 43 Bailey Schoenfelder Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 44 Tommy Fuller Fr
LB 45 Carter Coughlin So
DL 46 Winston DeLattiboudere Redshirt.svg So
DB 50 Danny Anderson Fr
DL 52 Austin Schirck Fr
LB 57 Joe Russell Fr
DL 59 Connor Novak-Goar So
DL 69 Boye Mafe Fr
DL 75 Malcolm Robinson Fr
DL 90 Sam Renner Redshirt.svg So
DL 91 Noah Hickcox Fr
DL 92 Tai'yon Devers So
DL 93 Merrick Jackson Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 94 Quinn Coughlin Fr
DL 95 Esezi Otomewo Fr
DL 96 Steven Richardson Sr
DL 97 Royal Silver Jr
DL 98 O.J. Smith Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 99 Andrew Stelter Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 18 Ryan Santoso Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 25 Payton Jordahl Redshirt.svg Jr
K, P 33 Grant Ryerse Fr
P 34 Logan McElfresh Redshirt.svg Jr
H 36 Casey O'Brien Redshirt.svg Fr
K 37 John Mack Redshirt.svg Fr
K 38 Emmit Carpenter Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 39 Trey Hansen Redshirt.svg So
K 42 Justin Juenemann Redshirt.svg Sr
P 47 Jacob Herbers Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Kirk Ciarrocca (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Robb Smith (Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)
  • Kenni Burns (Running Backs)
  • Brian Callahan (Tight Ends)
  • Maurice Linguist (Defensive Backs)
  • Bryce Paup (Defensive Line)
  • Matt Simon (Wide Receivers)
  • Ed Warinner (Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator)
  • Rob Wenger (Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Gerrit Chernoff (General Manager)
  • Dan Nichol (Head Strength & Conditioning)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 5, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Minnesota Football Schedule". Minnesota Football - Future Schedules. Retrieved January 12, 2017.